Today’s Patent- ASTRO TURF SYNTHETIC GRASS
During the 50s and 60s, the Ford Foundation was studying the ways to improve the inner-city youth’s physical fitness along with the Monsanto Industries and Chemstrand who began the use of synthetic fiber carpeting in schools. James Faria and Robert Wright of Monsanto Industries co-invented the Astroturf which was patented under the name “monofilament ribbon file product” in 1967.
There have been several attempts to make artificial grass in the past years, but the present invention is an improved version of synthetic turf which simulates grass. The grass-like turf is useful for recreational activities, indoors and outdoors. This innovative concept primarily aims at providing an artificial grass which will withstand the abusive wear caused by spiked or cleated shoes.
In relation to this particular invention, there have been combined characteristic of certain synthetic materials for producing an improved outdoor surface cover in addition to which, the turf consists of a weather-resistant backing as a shield against the adverse effects of all type weather conditions.
After the success of this invention, Indiana State University Stadium became the first outdoor stadium to install artificial turf in 1967. Slowly the first-generation synthetic grass became a popular commodity in the sports arenas across various states.